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Krug Clos d'Ambonnay 1996

The intensity of a single plot of Pinot Noir in 1996
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The House of Krug invites you to discover the intensity, individuality and purity of Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1996: from a single plot, a single grape variety – Pinot Noir – and the harvest of the year 1996.

Clos d’Ambonnay is a tiny walled plot of 0.68 hectares located in the heart of Ambonnay, one of the most distinguished villages for Pinot Noir grapes in Champagne and the main source of Pinot Noir for the House since its earliest years.

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1996 is the second Champagne from this unique plot of Pinot Noir. The first was created with the harvest of 1995.

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In 1996, the village of Ambonnay had extremely wide diurnal temperature variations as the grapes were coming to the end of the cycle in the vineyard. Warm sunny days and very cold nights resulted in ripened grapes with extraordinarily high freshness. This weather pattern exalted the finesse of Clos d’Ambonnay’s Pinot Noir grapes, which is why 1996 is a year for Champagne’s history books.
Krug’s savoir-faire successfully revealed the depth and intensity of Pino Noir form this walled plot in the year 1996.

A talk with Julie Cavil

Krug Cellar Master

TASTING NOTES

Light gold with slight hints of violet, recalling its Pinot Noir origins.
Sumptuous aromas of plum tart fresh from the oven, brioche, lightly toasted hazelnuts, orange blossom, candied apricots and citrus fruit. The palate is incredibly concentrated, full and deep, reminiscent of autumn fruits with amazing freshness and great fullness, enhanced by delicately fine bubbles and a very long finish.

TASTING NOTES

Light gold with slight hints of violet, recalling its Pinot Noir origins.
Sumptuous aromas of plum tart fresh from the oven, brioche, lightly toasted hazelnuts, orange blossom, candied apricots and citrus fruit. The palate is incredibly concentrated, full and deep, reminiscent of autumn fruits with amazing freshness and great fullness, enhanced by delicately fine bubbles and a very long finish.

KRUG X MUSIC

The House of Krug has long sensed that a link existed between sound and taste perception. Many appreciators of fine wine and Music, or anyone who has used the Krug App, understands the joy of savouring this extraordinary Champagne while listening to a piece of Music and how such an experience allows one to travel down direct pathways to the sensations.

The House collaborates with renowned artists, as well as with rising newcomers who compose original tracks following their tastings with the Cellar Master. Their Music Pairings or “Krug Echoes” are accessible to anyone on Krug.com or via the Krug app, making it possible to share their unforgettable experience with Krug Champagne at home.

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Ozark Henry

Artist & Composer

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I still remember my first glass of Krug, being overwhelmed by a complexity I did not expect from a Champagne. It was one big crescendo, a feast of highlights, the big finale of a huge fireworks display.

I still remember my first glass of Krug, being overwhelmed by a complexity I did not expect from a Champagne. It was one big crescendo, a feast of highlights, the big finale of a huge fireworks display.

KRUG PODCASTS

Discover the House of Krug from the inside. Relive stories from Krug’s heritage, told by members of the House. Join Krug’s winemakers as they reveal tasting room insights. Listen to Krug Lovers talking about their unforgettable experiences with Krug Champagnes.

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The Most Generous Expression of Champagne

Olivier Krug
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How to enjoy Champagne

Maggie Henriquez
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Welcome to the Krug Family House

Mylène Soulas
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Sharing inspiration from Krug x Pepper

Juan Amador - 3* Krug Ambassade Chef - Austria
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FOOD PAIRING

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1996 can be enjoyed with pan-seared firm-fleshed white fish, sea bass with a langoustine or an elegant creamy almond sauce, boiled or grilled langoustines with a light sabayon cream, or simple gourmet items such bellota-fed pata negra ham, or a black truffle sandwich.

FOOD PAIRING

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1996 can be enjoyed with pan-seared firm-fleshed white fish, sea bass with a langoustine or an elegant creamy almond sauce, boiled or grilled langoustines with a light sabayon cream, or simple gourmet items such bellota-fed pata negra ham, or a black truffle sandwich.

STORING AND SERVING

The Right Temperature

The House recommends that its Champagnes are served between 9°C and 12°C, as colder temperatures limit the expression of their flavours and aromas.

The Right Glass

The House of Krug has partnered with renowned crystal maker Riedel to design a glass that would most generously reveal the fullness of flavour and aromas of Krug Champagnes.

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The Influence of Time

Krug offers only prestige Champagnes, the most important characteristic of which is that they will gain beautifully with the passage of time.

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